As we rapidly approach the new year, businesses that handle consumer data should be ready for increased scrutiny of their privacy and data security practices by emboldened regulators, notably the Federal Communications Commission. The problem facing many businesses is that successful privacy compliance requires attention to a complex web of rapidly evolving laws, regulations and policies at all levels of government, both domestic and international. In particular, FCC regulated businesses must ensure compliance with Customer Proprietary Network Information (“CPNI”) rules. And this past year, the FCC expanded its reach into the regulation of a broader array of privacy and data protection practices of entities subject to its jurisdiction, culminating with a proposed $25 million fine against AT&T for a data privacy breach.
To assist your company in this complex area of law, attorneys at The CommLaw Group will hold a webinar on January 21 focused on CPNI compliance for communications businesses. Our goal is to provide your business with information necessary to make the right decisions when developing compliance programs.
Attorneys Linda McReynolds and Joanna Wallace from The CommLaw Group will address the specific privacy and CPNI rules that apply to telecommunications companies of all types, including Interconnected VoIP providers. They will address how the rules apply, detail the responsibilities of businesses under the rules, and explain how businesses can ensure compliance before the March 1, 2016 CPNI certification deadline.
You will also hear about recent changes adopted by the FCC in the Open Internet Order that extend CPNI protections in Section 222 of the Communications Act to broadband Internet access service providers, as well as details on recent CPNI enforcement actions and settlements.
If you are interested in attending this unique educational event and have additional questions you would like to submit to our panel of experts in advance, please e-mail your questions to Joanna Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title: CPNI Compliance for Communications Businesses
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM EST
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Linda McReynolds, Attorney at The CommLaw Group
Ms. McReynolds counsels clients on issues arising under the Telecommunications Act and federal and state laws addressing privacy and data security. Ms. McReynolds is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). In private practice spanning the past 17 years, Linda began her career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and later practiced at Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis before joining The CommLaw Group. Ms. McReynolds is a member of the District of Columbia and Missouri bars.
Joanna Wallace, Associate Attorney at The CommLaw Group
Ms. Wallace counsels clients regarding state and federal regulatory, transactional and litigation matters in domestic communications law. Ms. Wallace’s clients have included Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) providers, Competitive Local Exchange Carriers, conference calling providers, prepaid calling card providers, satellite carriers, and Internet Service Providers. Ms. Wallace regularly conducts CPNI compliance audits on behalf of communications clients, and works with clients to design CPNI policies and procedures that ensure compliance with the FCC’s rules. Ms. Wallace is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland bars and the Federal Communications Bar Association.
About The CommLaw Group
The CommLaw Group, is a full service Washington, D.C.-area law firm serving the comprehensive legal needs of the communications industry, with experience in all aspects of federal and state telecommunications law and regulation. With decades practicing before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), state telecommunications regulatory agencies, attorneys general, and state and federal courts, the depth and scope of our capabilities distinguishes our firm. Our attorneys know the industry and take pride in using their business acumen when advising clients on the financial, operational, and regulatory issues that allow companies in the dynamic communications industry to innovate and thrive.